La Raisinoise
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Blonde Ale - American
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3.48 | pDev: 0%
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Monday 12th April, 2004 was spent at the Les Etangs du Chateau des Roisins, located in Roisin, a border village in Hainaut. A Tim Webb GBG2B&H listed establishment it listed approximately 100 beers. Despite the decent list we all ordered a “special house beer” called ‘La Raisinoise’, listed as a Saison at 5.2% and served in its own 33cl Goblet.

Appearance: Extremely clear pale golden color with a creamy bone white bleached head. Lots of streamers. Presented in its own cut glass Goblet, the serving vessel has the words ‘La Raisinoise’ in an old Teutonic black lettering.

Nose: Spicy hops, pilsner malts and a lemony citric feel with some acidity. Average strength.

Taste: Clean feel, a spicy hop Blonde start with some citric acidity in the middle. Described as a Saison, not really, whilst it does have some Saison qualities, they are very delicate, tenuous and are set against a strong Belgium Blonde body which dilutes the overall Saison feel creating a tasty and interesting Saison-Blonde, but nothing more. Strong carbonation gives a spritzy feel.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, the start is creamy whilst the finish is sharp and clean. Decent conditioning lends plenty of meat to the otherwise thin skeleton.

Drinkability: On a hot sunny day sat on the large deck that forms the front of Les Etangs du Chateau des Roisins overlooking the ponds and lakes, La Raisinoise easily accompanied the plate of cold meat that we had as well as slaked a thirst. Reasonably tasty and easy to quaff.

Overall: Advertised as a Saison, it actually turned out to be more of a fancy Blonde than a Saison if I am honest. I don’t think that La Raisinoise is unique to Les Etangs du Chateau des Roisins, and I think it’s available in a handful of other places. Not bad, definitely not a Saison but an above average tasty Blonde.

Oct 01, 2004
La Raisinoise from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 1 ratings